I’ve been searching for a new digital camera recently. I wanted one with a top quality lens yet it needed to be small and light enough to tuck into a pocket i.e. a compact camera in preference to a DSLR.
There’s a group of digital cameras that are considered semi-pro. These are the compact cameras professional photographers like to carry with them when they don’t have all their heavy equipment to hand.
After reading a bunch of reviews for semi-pro digitals I finally settled on a Panasonic Lumix LX7.
Why? What makes it exceptional is the lens. It’s a Leica. Leica, the German lens maker, has a reputation for producing lenses of superb quality. More than that, it is an f1.4 lens. This means it makes taking photos easier in low-light conditions. I previously owned an f1.4 lens on a Pentax Spotmatic II SLR 35mm film camera and the quality of the images it produced was outstanding.
In addition, Panasonic has a stunning macro feature focusing down to 1cm. There are tons of other features, yet it can also be used on fully automatic.
Update: I later added the Panasonic DMW-LVF2 view finder. It’s an expensive but worthwhile addition since it overcomes the problem of trying to view an image on the LCD screen in bright sunlight. On the plus side, it’s an accessory that holds its value well.